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The Dark Side of the Moon
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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PINK FLOYD / DARK SIDE OF MOON - Vinyl LP. The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. Originally released on 1 March 1973, on the label Harvest, it built on ideas explored in the band's earlier recordings and live shows, but departs from instrumental thematic by founding member Syd Barrett. The album explores themes including conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett's deteriorating mental state. - Developed during live performances, an early version was premiered several months before recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road in London. The group used some advanced recording techniques at the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were prominent in several tracks, and snippets from recorded interviews with Pink Floyd's road crew and others provided philosophical quotations throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many distinctively notable sonic aspects and the recruitment of non-lexical singer Clare Torry. The album's iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, depicts a prism dispersing light into colour and represents the band's lighting, the record's thematic material, and keyboardist Richard Wright's "simple and bold" design request. •Stereo remastered album on heavyweight 180g vinyl •Original UK release date: March 1973 •Certified 15 times platinum in the US and 14 times platinum in the UK •Reached number one in the UK and the US •Topped Billboard Top LPs and Tapes and charted for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 •Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best selling worldwide 2016 version Remastered from the original analogue tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante, and Bernie Grundman
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When will record manufacturers realize that there are still serious collectors out there that want a quiet album? We're not all into vinyl for the "hip" factor. For example, went to a record show yesterday and picked up a used copy of Clapton's Journeyman. Mind you it was near mint, but that baby, though 20+ years old sounds superb with nary a background pop, hiss, or crackle. If they could do it back then for $10, it can be done now for $40!
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The SACD audio quality is spectacular for a start. The noise is absolutely zero on this release so the initial heartbeat sound really did creep up on me. Sonically it was so natural and realistic that if I didn't know the album back-to-front I would have thought that my SACD player was not playing anything and that there was some kind of pulsing sound coming from outside or next door.
It doesn't seem to matter that the original recording engineers didn't work on this mix, the people who have done it have done such a truly faithful job of taking this classic recording and giving it the 3-D treatment that it doesn't sound odd or unbalanced or anything. It actually sounds (to me) as though I have taken something hallucinogenic and sat in the middle of my front room while the sounds and instruments from the album all come to life and materialise on cue around me, while the electronic effects and reverberations dance in psychadelic waves across the space!
Listening to this on SACD is more exciting than the first time I heard the remastered 20th Anniversary release from a aural point of view, and from an artistic point of view, with the incredible surround mix, it is every bit as good as hearing the album for the first time. I feel as though I am hearing it anew!
Seriously, folks, I recently picked up my Sony surround system 2nd hand for under £50 (see my other review) and it is giving me this much pleasure. If you don't have an SACD player get online and order one now. If you have an SACD player but don't have the 5.1 surround mix of Dark Side of the Moon then shame on you! Get it now! The Amazon Marketplace vendors will sort you out with a brand new copy nice and cheap.
They like Led Zepplin were not a singles band but songs like "Time" and "Money" and "Us and Them" are often played on the radio although they were not singles.
An excellent crafted album that knits together well......If you haven't got it.....Order it from Amazon NOW> Its a fine album for ALL agee
This album was one of the first rock LPs to contain very complex multi-layered multi-tape-track production, digital sequencers, lots of analogue synthesisers and wide ranging sound effects produced on early analogue synthesisers, as well as stereo mix effects.
It is all about life and social commentary
If your equipment has the transparency and capability this SACD-CD will give you Dark Side Of The Moon in a quality between 48KHz 24Bit to 96KHz 24Bit
Good Value Landmark Album High Definition Music
One order with Dodax-online-UK - failed to turn up and they eventually refunded (DON'T USE THESE PEOPLE). The other with Uniqueplace-UK has failed to turn up (BEGINNING TO THINK THEY ARE THE SAME ORGANISATION). If it's not resolved soon, then it will be another claim files and a supremely unhappy customer...which I will not fail to let others know about.
The album itself is awesome as i heard it before. The best quality I've ever come across. which makes the failure to deliver extremely annoying.
product - brilliant. Amazon traders (of this item) - unprintable.
I got it to replace my original CD which is starting to deteriorate (the early ones did). For half of what I originally paid for this CD, I've not got 3 copies on one disk, including the superb 5.1 version.
It adds another dimension to the original recording - you still get the old versions (remastered) - but now one to totally immerse you in the sound stage.
If nothing else, the standard stereo version doesn't include the hiss of the vinyl or old CD copy, so I'm happy with that.
The highlight for me is 'Us and them'; those familiar chords and gentle drums all warmly presented and then the sax appears right in front of you as though he's just in the middle of the room - and not just better sound; I can actually hear notes I have never spotted before.
One to play to anyone who believes that MP3s are good enough.